Mercer County Community College
|President||Dr. Jianping Wang|
Mercer County Community College (MCCC) is an accredited, co-educational, two-year, public, community college located in Mercer County, New Jersey. The school's current president is Dr. Jianping Wang as of July 1, 2015. More than 13,000 students enroll in one or more credit courses each year.
Established in 1966, MCCC is a publicly supported comprehensive educational institution that provides opportunities for higher education through an open-door admission policy. The 292-acre (1.18 km2) West Windsor Township Campus was opened in 1971 to serve the needs of Mercer County residents. The main buildings on campus feature brutalist architecture, once popular in 1960s college campus construction. The newly expanded James Kerney Campus, located in downtown Trenton, serves as an educational and cultural hub for city residents.
Students can also enroll in a dual admissions program, which guarantees transfer into the junior year at six New Jersey colleges: Rutgers University, Rider University, The College of New Jersey, Montclair State University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Thomas Edison State College. They also recently added the program for the Virginia school James Madison University. Mercer County Community College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
The college is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and is authorized by the State of New Jersey's Commission on Higher Education to award associate degrees. Many academic programs are also accredited by national professional associations and their boards of certification.
The nursing program is accredited by the New Jersey Board of Nursing and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. The Radiography program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology and approved by the New Jersey Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners. The Medical Laboratory Technology program is accredited by the National Credentialing Agency for Laboratory Personnel. The Physical Therapist Assistant program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association.
The Legal Assistant program is approved by the American Bar Association. The Funeral Service program is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education. Aviation Flight Technology is accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International (formerly the Council on Aviation Accreditation).
Mercer has a program for students with special needs, called the DREAM (Developing Real Expectations for Achieving Mastery) program, run by the offices of Special Services located on the West Windsor Campus. The program has students who are in the college work as mentors to the students who need help for the semester.
In 2006, the Academic Theatre and Dance programs at the college assumed new direction under Program Coordinator Jody P. Person. In partnership with the Entertainment Technology program, the Theatre and Dance programs set out to offer students two-year training in the performing arts after the model of a four-year conservatory.
In September 2008, the programs adopted a new logo and moniker, "MCCC On Stage," to represent the combined output of the Theatre, Dance, and Entertainment Technology Programs
Theatre, Dance, and Entertainment Technology programs faculty include Jody Gazenbeek-Person (Theatre, Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts, MFA), Janell Byrne (Dance, Juilliard), Robert Terrano (Entertainment Technology), M. Kitty Getlick (Kelsey Theatre), Kate Pinner (Stagecraft, Yale School of Drama), Alex DeFazio (Theatre, Columbia University, MFA), and Louis Wells (Theatre, Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts, MFA).
The Theatre program is also home to the college's Drama Club, which produces Late Night Series, a twice-monthly open-mic night on campus.
MCCC is a member of the Garden State Athletic Conference and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). Its teams are known as the Mercer Vikings. It fields teams in baseball, men's and women's basketball, women's cross country, men's and women's soccer, softball, and men's and women's tennis.
Clubs and government
MCCC is home to a wide variety of clubs and student activities boards.
- Chess Club
- Christian Fellowship
- Disney Club (The Mercer Mouseketeers)
- Drama Club
- Future Teachers Club
- Go Green Club
- International Student Organization
- L.G.B.T.F Club - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Friends
- Music Club
- Muslim Student Association (MSA)
- Phi Beta Lambda
- Phi Theta Kappa
- Philosophy Club
- Programs for Academic Services and Success Club
- Student Government Association
- The College VOICE - student newspaper
- Viking 89 Radio Station
Mercer County Television (MCTV) channel 26 is an Educational-access television station in West Windsor, New Jersey, United States, owned and operated by Mercer County Community College. The Student television station is transmitted to all of Mercer County, New Jersey, via cable TV channel 26 on the Comcast, Cablevision, reaching an excess of 90,000 households. In January 2009, MCTV became available on Verizon FiOS channel 20 in Mercer County.
- Jim Adams (born 1969), soccer goalkeeper who most recently played for the Cincinnati Excite in the American Indoor Soccer League.
- Bill Andracki (born 1969), soccer goalkeeper who had an extensive professional career playing both indoor and outdoor soccer.
- Antron Brown (born c. 1976), drag racer
- Heath Fillmyer (born 1994), professional baseball pitcher for the Kansas City Royals.
- Dave Gallagher (born 1960), former Major League Baseball player
- Stern John
- Daouda Kanté
- Darin Lewis
- Evans Wise
- Ken Wolski
- Who’s next? MCCC softball team sweeps district tournament, heads to NJCAA World Series ()
- MCCC’s Trenton students honored during Celebration of Academic Achievement ceremony (The Trentonian)
- Mercer County Community College’s newspaper staff wins 24 awards (The Trentonian)
- Trenton mother selected as MCCC’s 2018 commencement student speaker (The Trentonian)
- Janssen Pharma supports MCCC's Trenton Campus (Mercerspace)
- Rugers-Camden expands nursing program in Mercer County (Philadelphia Inquirer)
- MCCC, Rutgers-Camden sign nursing agreement to save students $20k (Times of Trenton)
- Thomas Edison, MCCC partner to offer 4-year nursing degree (Times of Trenton)
- Rider University to Allow Mercer County Community College Students to Live on Campus (Planet Princeton)
- "ABFSE Directory of Programs - New Jersey". American Board of Funeral Service Education. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
- "Detailed List of AABI Accredited Programs". Aviation Accreditation Board International. August 1, 2018. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
- MCCC Athletics. Mercer County Community College official website. Retrieved 2014-07-11.
- Hoppes, Lynn (November 30, 2012). "Antron Brown's path to history wasn't easy". ESPN Playbook. ESPN. Retrieved December 21, 2012.
- Fisher, Rich. "Former local standout Heath Fillmyer 'extremely grateful' to play for Royals", The Trentonian, June 22, 2018. Accessed June 25, 2018. "Since being called up to the Royals Monday night, Heath Fillmyer has yet to scale a Major League pitching mound in the heat of battle.... It matters not to the former Florence High/Mercer County Community College standout that Kansas City has lost nine straight as it begins a weekend series with the Astros Friday night."